You say that like it's a bad thing...
San Jose's top scorer had 79 points.
Chicago's top scorer had 78 points.
LA and Colorado's top scorer had 70 points.
Boston's top scorer had 69 points.
If the Sedins can get between 70-80 points again we'll be fine. Where this team isn't fine is with their support players. All of those teams have 50-60 point support players, which the Canucks don't have right now outside of Kesler.
You're absolutely right.
The Sedins are done as leaders circa 2011 when one brother watched his other brother get bitch slapped. That was the start of the decline.
Complementary 70-80 points players, perhaps. Leaders, not at all.
I hope the Canucks get a 1RW, a 1C, a 1LW and a 1D.
They might be able to make Shinkaruk 1st liner, especially if Kassian continues his frantic super speed evolution. Get them a 1C and that's no longer a problem.
The 1D is another matter though. Not one time in the history of this franchise have the Canucks had a 1D. Therefore, they could not recognize on of they saw one, and if they did recognize one, he would not be traded for, nor drafted because of the philosophy employed by the organization. And if they did get to draft one, the organization wouldn't be able to turn the player into a bona fide 1D since no historical reference is to be had to this date.
The rookie would have to be a can't miss protege in the Doughty, Weber kind. But that is an unknown u til they break out.
The best way to make sure a 1D lands in Vancouver is via trade.
Another example is in goal. Since the Vancouver Canucks have had the opportunity to have such an elite goaltender in Luongo, not only can rookies like Schneider at the time, and Lack and Markstrom now can have a reference point on becoming elite themselves, they can also be thought by the organization how to be elite since the organization has had an elite goalie in the first place.
At the very least, if the Cancks are going anywhere with the remnant of the core after an ultra shock, hopefully by the start of next season, the organization has to get themselves two ready pieces: 1C, 1D.
I am curious however to see a line of:
SHINKARUK - MATTHIAS - KASSIAN
That's definite skill, size, youth and grit, but could they click within a fast closing window, so we can watch the Sedins hoist the Cup.
Edited by Me_, 11 May 2014 - 06:28 PM.